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Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 11/10/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 01/31/2018
Working Title Biostatistician
Job Classification Research V
Department Name 93907-UPCI Biostatistics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135838
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The UPCI Biostatistics Department at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Biostatistician to work at the Sterling Plaza as a part of the Biostatistician Facility of UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center.

Duties of the incumbent will include:
- Providing pre-clinical and clinical biostatistics and bioinformatics support to researchers under the supervision of senior biostatisticians to explore the relationships between germline and somatic mutations to DNA that drive the initiation and recurrence of cancer.
- Conferring with senior and key personnel regarding research needs and methods.
- Designing, implementing, maintaining, and updating statistical programs and scripts in SAS R and BioConductor.
- Collaborating with investigators to design statistical analysis plans, protocols, and studies to develop testable hypotheses.
- Recommending strategies for creation, completion, and analysis of research projects.
- Working independently to perform, analyze, and interpret statistical analyses and determining experimental processes and data analysis methodology.
- Presenting results to research teams and explaining statistical concepts to collaborators in a variety of disciplines.
- Identifying and correcting data problems.
- Supporting Grant Writing.
- Preparing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications.

Education Required Master's
Minimum Related Experience Level Required Less than 1 year experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Job Requirements: Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Biostatistics or Statistics. Must have knowledge, through coursework or experience, of: (i) biostatistical and bioinformatical analysis and methodology; (ii) analysis of gene expression, proteomic, genetic, or other genomic datasets; (iii) statistics theory and application; (iv) clinical trials; (v) medical and/or epidemiological research and working knowledge of molecular biology to perform analyses; (vi) clinical and laboratory research methodology; (vii) programming in C, SAS, R, and BioConductor; (viii) Linux system and Shell scripting; and (ix) FORTRAN.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a master's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents